Maria Henare's famous Eclectic Jumble Sale is on this weekend in Newtown, Wellington. She fills up a school hall with treasures (an assortment of fabrics and textiles, buttons, jewellery, hats, gloves, shoes, clothing, bags, bric-a-brac, iconic bus blinds... ) she has found at op shops around the South Island and sells it at fairly reasonable prices.
I've been to the annual event a couple of times now, and I've picked up some lovely vintage pieces each time. It pays to get in early, as there is always a huge line before doors open and the hall fills up pretty quickly. It gets slightly manic there, as everyone is competing to get their hands on a unique, beautifully crafted item. There's no point in trying anything on as there just isn't time or space and the lines can be rather long.
It can definitely be a stressful couple of hours in the vintage-filled hall, but falling in love with and purchasing your dream (dress/coat/boots/whatever) makes the high blood pressure all worth it.
I'm not really sure what I'll be looking for (I'm on a tight budget and probably shouldn't even be looking at all), but I'd love to find a pretty white lace dress and maybe a vintage collar or two.
The Great Eclectic Jumble Sale
April 9 and 10 (open 9-5 Saturday, 9-3 Sunday)
St Anne's Hall, 22 Emmett St, Newtown, Wellington
Eftpos and Parking is available